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Quilled Bird Card
A pair of pretty quilled birds near a bird box is ideal for a newly married couple or a new home card. Quilling is a brilliant technique to use when creating birds as the coils make fabulous twirly tails for an amazing impact. Different quilling techniques can be applied to create the birds as open coils are for the tails, pinched coils for the body and tight coils for the eyes. A quilling tool, papers and glue is all that is needed to get started and then the cards can be embellished with other items you have in your craft stash. The colours here are blues but the colour scheme could be adapted to pinks, purples or reds.

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  • Step 1

    Take a 40cm length of blue 3mm wide paper and insert one end in to a quilling tool. Turn the tool to coil the paper and continue coiling until the end of the paper. Remove the tool and let the coil release a little. Glue the end. Pinch the coil into a teardrop shape.

  • Step 2

    Take a 30cm length of light blue paper and glue around the edge of the coil, leaving the two ends of the light blue paper free at the tip of the coil. Use the quilling tool to make these lengths in to open coils.

  • Step 3

    With several 15cm lengths of various shades of blue and purple 3mm wide papers, glue the strips together at one end. Attach to the coil just made, and use the quilling tool to make these lengths in to open coils to become the birds tail feathers.

  • Step 4

    For the bird wing take a 20cm length of blue and make a loose closed coil. Pinch in to a teardrop shape and glue to the body. The birds head is a 20cm length of paper made in to a loose closed coil and not pinched. The eye is a 1cm length of black paper attached to a 1cm length of white then using the quilling tool coil tightly, glue the end in place.

  • Step 5

    Cut a tiny piece of brown paper and fold in half, then attach to the bird head to become a beak. With small pieces of blue paper make small open coils and glue to the bird head for the head feathers.

  • Step 6

    For the bird house cut out a bird house shape from cream card. This one shown is about 4.5cm high. Colour the bird house with felt pens for the roof and detail. Add brown card for the stand to the bird house.

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